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DoubleTree By Hilton Adds Hawaii Conversion To Its Global Pipeline »

June 01, 2015 at 3:57AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Hilton Worldwide’s Conversion-Focused Brand Reaches 100,000-Room Milestone
June 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // McLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) announced today the signing of a franchise license agreement to open DoubleTree by Hilton Hilo-Naniloa, which will join DoubleTree by Hilton’s 100,000-room portfolio and nearly 40,000-room global pipeline. The oceanfront property, formerly the Hilo Naniloa Hotel and Golf Club, will undergo an $18.5 million large-scale transformation. The 12-story, 3-tower, 388-room property plans to fully convert in December 2015.
“Our development footprint is steadily growing in one of the top leisure markets in the world,” said Bill Fortier, senior vice president, development – Americas, Hilton Worldwide...

Starwood Announces Regular Quarterly Dividend »

June 01, 2015 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - May 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.375 per share. The regular quarterly dividend will be paid on June 17, 2015 to stockholders of record on June 8, 2015.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St...

Grand Hyatt Brand To Expand To Mexico With New Luxury Resort Destination »

May 29, 2015 at 6:16AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort Set To Open June 15, 2015 Initiating New Momentum For The Brand’s Expansion In Latin America And The Caribbean
May 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - The Grand Hyatt brand announced today that it will add a new resort, Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort, to its world-class portfolio when the hotel opens on the Riviera Maya along the Caribbean Sea on June 15, 2015.
The 314-room Sordo Madaleno-designed urban beach hotel will boast a unique fusion of sleek and contemporary design aesthetics blended with Mayan-inspired elements in the guestrooms, restaurants, bars, lounges and event spaces that pay tribute to local surroundings. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort will have a coveted location on the iconic Mamitas Beach, in the heart of Playa del Carmen, just steps from the city’s famous 5th Avenue...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Sees Strong Signings Momentum, Led By New Hotel Deals In North America »

May 29, 2015 at 5:54AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

NEW YORK - May 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - In advance of the 37th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced it has achieved its strongest first five months of the year for deal signings since 2008. Starwood continues to see balanced growth across its brands and around the world, with North America leading the charge, accounting for nearly 40% of new signings so far in 2015. Development highlights include a 30% increase in deal signings for Starwood’s Specialty Select brands, Aloft, Element and Four Points by Sheraton, which together account for more than three-quarters of North America signings year-to-date; a new developer-friendly vision for the Sheraton brand to be unveiled on June 1; and the launch of its 10th brand, Tribute Portfolio...

First Holiday Inn® Hotel In Cúcuta, Colombia Opens »

May 28, 2015 at 8:25AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

IHG continues growth in Colombia with the opening of its fourth Holiday Inn hotel in the country.
May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the Holiday Inn® Cúcuta hotel. The new build, 98-room hotel is IHG’s first property in the city of Cúcuta and the fourth Holiday Inn hotel in Colombia.
Gerardo Murray, Regional Vice President, Distribution and Commercial Marketing, Mexico, Latin America and The Caribbean, IHG, said: “We are very pleased to introduce the Holiday Inn brand to Cúcuta in conjunction with Grupo Suites S.A. With its close proximity to Venezuela, Cúcuta is well positioned to benefit from the increasing trade market between Colombia and Venezuela, and we have no doubt that this hotel will meet the needs of guests traveling to the city for business...

IHG Adds Two New Stars To Its Culinary Panel With Renowned Chefs Vikas Khanna And Takagi Kazuo »

May 28, 2015 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has added two new star chefs to its growing IHG Culinary Panel; an initiative that sees renowned chefs develop an array of signature dishes for guests dining in IHG’s hotels across Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).
The latest Culinary Ambassadors will introduce a range of signature dishes that IHG guests can enjoy. Chef Vikas Khanna’s restaurant, Junoon in New York City, has been awarded with a coveted Michelin star for four years in a row and serves a range of authentic and inventive fine dining Indian recipes. Chef Takagi Kazuo is famed for his two Michelin star restaurant in Osaka and will supply seasonal Kyo-style Japanese cuisine to the programme...

DoubleTree By Hilton Largo – Washington D.C. Opens »

May 28, 2015 at 7:09AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Marking the First Upscale, Full-Service Hotel in Largo, Maryland
May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Largo – Washington D.C. The hotel opens following a complete transformation of the former Radisson hotel, and debuts a total redesign of the lobby, public and recreation areas, room upgrades, reconfigured meeting area, and revamped restaurant and bar concepts. The hotel is located just off the I-495 Beltway next to Woodmore Town Center and near the University of Maryland, and within easy access of Baltimore/Washington International Airport (26 miles), Washington National Airport (16 miles) and Washington Dulles International Airport (43 miles)...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Slated To Enter Myanmar With The Signing Of Sheraton Yangon Hotel »

May 28, 2015 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Scheduled to Open in 2017, Sheraton Yangon Hotel Will Pave the Way for Future Starwood Developments in Southeast Asia
YANGON, Myanmar - May 28, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced its market debut in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar with the signing of Sheraton® Yangon Hotel, a new build property in the dynamic capital city. Owned by Family Business Group Hotel Limited, the milestone signing builds upon the Sheraton first mover advantage in the region, meets accelerating demand, and brings the brand’s Asia-Pacific portfolio to 73 hotels and 37 resorts.
“The signing reflects the brand’s commitment to expanding the Sheraton global portfolio through strategic and meaningful relationships with owners and developers in mature and emerging markets,” said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operation and Global Initiatives, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific...

Motel 6 Franchise Property In California Gets Solar-Powered Boost »

May 28, 2015 at 4:26AM PDT | Source: Motel 6

ANDERSON, Calif. - May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - G6 Hospitality, known for its iconic economy lodging brands, Motel 6 and Studio 6 in the U.S. and Canada, today is excited to announce another of its Motel 6 properties is now drawing power from the sun. The Motel 6 franchise located in Anderson, Calif., has installed more than 350 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that are expected to generate 100 percent of energy used by the property.
"We are very proud to see our franchise partner's committed to finding innovative ways to improve our environment," says Dean Savas, EVP Franchise and International Development at G6 Hospitality. "This solar initiative aligns with our intention to embed sustainability into every part of the G6 Hospitality business operations...

The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts Celebrates The Grand Opening Of The Iconic Excelsior Hotel Gallia »

May 27, 2015 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: The Luxury Collection

Following a Multi-Million Dollar Restoration
A Glittering Reflection of Milan, Excelsior Hotel Gallia Offers Refined Style, Exceptional Hospitality and Indigenous Travel Experiences in the Heart of the Emerging Porta Nuova District
MILAN - May 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), today announces the official opening of Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan. Owned by Katara Hospitality, this Milanese landmark recently emerged from a meticulous, all-encompassing renovation of the historic building, whilst adding a new contemporary wing. Formerly known as “Palace Gallia”, the hotel is strongly rooted in Milanese history, located in the heart of the new Porta Nuova district...

Sheraton Hotels Opens New Hotel In The East Valley Of Phoenix, Arizona »

May 26, 2015 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Sheraton Mesa at Wrigleyville West Opens Close to Tempe, Scottsdale, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
MESA, Ariz. - May 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the opening of the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West in Mesa, Arizona. Independently owned by Arizona hotelier Bob Yost, Sheraton Mesa offers 180 rooms, ample meeting facilities and all of the brand’s signature services and amenities. The opening is part of the Sheraton brand’s strategic $8 billion expansion effort, and further reinforces Sheraton as the most global hotel brand.
Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West is located just 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix and eight miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport...

RLHC Signs New Franchise License Agreement On Colorado Hotel »

May 26, 2015 at 6:05AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

SPOKANE, Wash. - May 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE:RLH) today announced the company has signed a franchise license agreement with the owner of a hotel in La Junta, Colorado.
“With all of the recent news surrounding RLHC, we believe this brand offers the right platforms and marketing for our hotel,” said Rashad Khan of Gemstone Hotels, Inc., the entity which owns the property. “It is exciting to be a part of the national expansion of Red Lion.”
Scheduled to convert in June from an independent hotel to the Red Lion Hotel La Junta, 1325 E 3rd St., the only full-service hotel in the city, has a restaurant, an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, two meeting rooms and complimentary breakfast...

IHG Expands Luxury Portfolio With InterContinental Resort In Chennai »

May 22, 2015 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

106-room InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort to be first resort to open under InterContinental brand in India.
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the signing of the management agreement for InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort with Adyar Gate Hotels Limited.
When it opens later this year, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort will join InterContinental Mumbai Marine Drive to be the second hotel under the company's luxury brand in India.
The signing of the 106-room InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort follows closely behind the recently announced deal between IHG and Adyar Gate Hotels Limited for Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park...

Cruise Planners, An American Express Travel Representative, Named A 2015 Hot Franchise For Veterans™ »

May 22, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Top travel franchise company is a 2015 Hot Franchise for Veterans, according to GI Jobs, and is offering 30 Percent in savings to the military community.
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 - G.I. Jobs®, the premier resource for helping transitioning service members find success in civilian careers, released its 2015 Hot Franchises For Veterans™ just in time for Memorial Day. The list includes Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the top travel franchise business for veterans due to its focus on recruiting and training more franchisees with military experience. Aspiring “vetrepreneurs,” those active military and their families with a passion for travel can be their own boss, travel and sell the world with Cruise Planners...

CruiseOne® Launches Fourth Annual Contest For Military Veterans On Memorial Day »

May 21, 2015 at 8:25AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

“Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” cruise franchise giveaway contest for military veterans begins May 25
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Home-based travel franchise CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings — the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, celebrates Military Appreciation Month in May with the launch of its fourth annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” contest. Military veterans can enter the contest beginning on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 25, 2015, until the contest’s deadline of Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Five deserving U.S. military veterans will each receive a CruiseOne home-based travel franchise, a total value of $63,500...

Hyatt Place Bowling Green Celebrates Official Opening »

May 21, 2015 at 4:12AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

108-Room Hyatt Place Hotel Located in the Heart of Western Kentucky University
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Dellisart Wellspring Investment, LLC today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Bowling Green, which is located at the Western Kentucky University (WKU) Gateway to historic downtown Bowling Green within the Bowling Green Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. The TIF district is a public financing project that covers 350 acres in the city's downtown, and with $187 million in capital investments certified as of December of 2012. From visiting parents and sports teams to guest lecturers and prospective students, business and leisure travelers will appreciate the casual hospitality and practical amenities offered at Hyatt Place Bowling Green...

IHG And Greenland USA To Develop The First Hotel Indigo® In Downtown Los Angeles »

May 20, 2015 at 9:40AM PDT | Source: Hotel Indigo

Boutique Brand Part of Greenland USA’s $1 Billion Metropolis Development
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA and LOS ANGELES – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, and Greenland USA, a leading developer of residential and commercial properties, today announce the signing of the first Hotel Indigo® hotel in the city of Los Angeles, California. The 350-room, 18-story Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles will be the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a more than $1 billion mixed-use development which promises to redefine the Los Angeles streetscape, skyline and lifestyle. Currently under construction, Metropolis will also feature three residential towers and a curated retail experience...

W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills Unveils $25 Million Transformative Renovation »

May 18, 2015 at 9:18AM PDT | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

Restyled Dynamic Hotel Injects Cutting-Edge Design, New Signature Programming, and Whatever/Whenever® Service into a Modern Day Hideout
LOS ANGELES - May 18, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) - W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the completion of the highly anticipated $25 million renovation of W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills, formerly known as W Los Angeles – Westwood. Nestled between the foothills of Beverly Hills and Bel-Air, while just minutes from Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard and the famed beaches of Santa Monica, the transformation, led by Dawson Design Associates, creates spaces where travelers can immerse themselves in a quintessential Los Angeles experience – hidden bungalows, fantastic service and innovative dining concepts...

Comfort Brand Announces New Programs To Elevate The Guest Experience »

May 18, 2015 at 8:48AM PDT | Source: Comfort Inn, Suites and Hotel

Comfort brands' guest enhancements include uniquely developed brand of bath products, more breakfast options, robust recharge capabilities and overall wellness
LAS VEGAS - May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The sweet scent of waffles is no longer the only aroma to delight the senses at Comfort branded hotels. Guests will soon enjoy hints of citrus and mint as well, but not from the free breakfast offered at Comfort branded hotels. At parent company Choice Hotels' 61st annual convention in Las Vegas, the Comfort brands unveiled "RAIO," the hotel brands' exclusive new line of bath products. These will come in addition to the roll out of other enhancements to the guest's bath experience, complimentary breakfast, and overall wellness initiatives...

Home2 Suites By Hilton Opens In New Mexico »

May 18, 2015 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Farmington/Bloomfield Property Follows Albuquerque Debut Last Month
May 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // FARMINGTON, N.M. and MCLEAN, Va. – Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, announced today the opening of its 54th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Farmington/Bloomfield, bringing 96 new rooms to the New Mexico market.
“Opening a second Home2 Suites location in New Mexico speaks to the brand’s popularity amongst developers and guests,” said Bill Duncan, global head for Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton. “From our flexible building models to our variety of amenities, our brand offers customizable options that provide a personal touch...



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